Passengers on the Chennai Metro struggled for the second consecutive day today as the train’s direct service from Chennai Central to Chennai airport stopped due to a technical glitch.
A day after employees of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) staged a sit-in protest against the dismissal of their colleagues, metro services in the city have been affected.
Though a part of the services have been suspended, CMRL is claiming that this is because of ‘technical glitches’ and not because of the strike.
Around 3 p.m. on Monday, some employees of the Chennai Metro Rail project struck work, protesting against the privatisation of a part of operations and dismissal of 8 employees.
Many passengers said they were not given tickets at some stations, citing the strike. Besides, some signalling issues were reported around 9 p.m.
In a statement late last night, CMRL said, “Chennai Metro Rail has always endeavored to provide the people of Chennai the best sustainable services of world class.
In connection with the recent incidents taken place regarding the Chennai Metro Rail Non Executive Staffs protest at CMRL Admin Building, we would like to inform that the Diploma & ITI staff have been well paid and CMRL has adheared to norms. It is also being highlighted that the Non Executive cadre are provided with wages which are double the market wages , in addition to 5-10% wage hike ,which has also been provided.
Further higher salaries would mean higher fare for the public , which is not sustainable.
We would also like to inform that all Metro Train services have been maintained and functioning to the fullest.
Metro Rail passengers are requested to bear with us and continue to provide their full cooperation and support.
Today we are able to provide services without any hindrance and Regular services will continue to operate tomorrow also.”